Robert Cooke
(1768 - 1814)

Hope tells a flatt'ring tale
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Cooke was organist of Westminster Abbey and St Martin's in the Fields. A well-respected composer of glees, he won several prizes for his compositions.
Lyrics: Miss Wrother

Hope tells a flatt'ring tale,
Delusive, vain and hollow;
Ah, let not hope prevail,
Lest disappointment follow.
But if hope must prevail,
Instead of flatt'ring tale,
Delusive vain, and hollow,
Direct her to that happy shore,
Where expectation is no more
And disappointment cannot follow.